December 18, 2014
Pope reappears, dennounces corruption, child labour
Pope Francis reappeared in good form today after cancelling his official agenda for two days to rest. In his weekly Wednesday audience, the Pope dennounced corrupt businessmen, human trafficking and forced child labor.
Under searing temperatures at St. Peter’s Square, Francis referred to “the fear of God”, which he described as “an alert against the persistence of fear”. The Pope warned corrupt businessmen and “those who let others corrupt them” that God will make them accountable for their actions.
He also described people responsible for human trafficking, slave work and those who manufacture weapons as “merchants of death”.
The Pope prayed for the 10 million children “forced to work under degrading conditions, exposed to slavery and exploitation, abuses, ill treatments and discrimination” and made a call against child exploitation in the wake of the International Day Against Child Labour, celebrated on May 12.
“I sincerely hope that International Community broadens social protection for minors and eradicate this scourge,” he added.